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LEGENDS: Simon Parke bt Peter Nicol 11/8, 9/11, 11/7

Parky wins Legends challenge

Peter Nicol's unbeaten record in the Legends Tour came to a halt in the London launch as Simon Parke prevailed 2/1 in a thoroughly entertaining encounter which served as rthe ideal warmup for tonight's Grand Final.

The Legends of Squash Tour is a full ranking tour featuring players who have met one of the following criteria:

• Won or played a final of the World Open, Tournament of Champions or British Open
• Been ranked number 1 in the world
• Played on a winning World Championship Team

The tour consists of three different event types with a corresponding ranking system.

For further Legends of Squash Tour information or to host an event please visit www.legendsofsquash.com

Nicol Faces Parke In UK
'Legends Of Squash Tour' Debut


England's four times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Peter Nicol MBE will take on compatriot Simon Parke in the inaugural Legends of Squash Tour in the UK at the spectacular East Wintergarden venue in London's Docklands, ahead of the final of the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic.

The clash between 36-year-old Nicol - a former world number one and world champion, and winner of 49 PSA World Tour titles during his illustrious career - and 37-year-old Parke, a former world No3, will not only be witnessed by a sell-out crowd at Canary Wharf, but also by a worldwide audience via the live Squash TV coverage

In one of the most intense rivalries ever seen in professional squash, British legend Peter Nicol recently renewed his long time battle with Canadian star Jonathon Power at the launch of the Legends of Squash Tour during the Tournament of Champions at Grand Central Terminal in New York. After taking a 2/0 victory over his career-rival, Nicol now moves onto another challenging fixture against fellow former British Champion Simon Parke.

Parke faces a tough prospect against his former England team-mate who held the world number one ranking for a sensational 60 months during his time on the PSA World Tour – and leads Parke 11/4 on a career head-to-head count.

Nicol, a co-promoter of the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic, said:

"It was wonderful to receive such a warm reception in New York and I’m sure the Canary Wharf audience will be equally appreciative. Simon is one of the greatest payers to wear an England shirt and he achieved some truly remarkable performances after fighting back from testicular cancer.

"That shows the kind of passion he has always had for his squash and he continues to play at an extremely high standard after retiring from the PSA World Tour."

The match will get underway at 6.15pm on the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic glass show court and will be enjoyed by a capacity crowd at East Wintergarden prior to the final between Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier, which takes place at 7.30pm.
 
08-Mar-10:
PETER NICOL BRINGS LEGENDS TOUR TO ISS CANARY WHARF SQUASH CLASSIC
by ALAN THATCHER

Peter Nicol, one of the most successful British squash players in history, will return to the court during finals night of the forthcoming ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic. Nicol, a former world champion who held the world No.1 position for more than five years, is reliving his greatest achievements on the glass court with the launch of the Squash Legends World Tour.

He set the ball rolling by playing his greatest rival, Canadian maestro Jonathon Power, during the recent Tournament of Champions at New York’s Grand Central Station.

Nicol enjoyed beating his long-term opponent in straight games as the squash superstars rolled back the years and put on a dazzling display before the full-house crowds who thronged one of the sport’s most iconic locations.

Now he is looking forward to the London launch, at a similarly spectacular venue, when he faces England’s Simon Parke, a former world No.3, on finals day of the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic on March 26.

Nicol, a co-promoter of the ISS Canary Wharf Classic, said:

“The East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf has followed Grand Central Station in becoming one of the world’s leading squash venues and we are always very keen to make sure that spectators receive a full package of top-quality entertainment.

“It was wonderful to receive such a warm reception in New York and I am sure the Canary Wharf audience will be equally appreciative. Simon is one of the greatest players to wear an England shirt and he achieved some truly remarkable performances after he had fought back from testicular cancer.

“That shows the kind of passion he has always had for his squash and he continues to play at an extremely high standard after retiring from the PSA world tour.

“I am looking forward to a very tough match and I know I will have to do some serious training to cope with his unique brand of attacking squash.”

“Yorkshire has always been at the forefront of English squash thanks to players like Simon, and we are seeing that trend continue with the fantastic achievements of players like Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, who are leading the PSA Super Series points table in 2010 and are seeded to meet in the semi-finals of the main draw at Canary Wharf.”

Another high-profile Yorkshireman, Lee Beachill, has joined the Legends Tour after retiring from the PSA circuit, although he attends most of the major tournaments in his capacity as Operating Officer with the men’s World Tour governing body.

Other big names joining the Legends Tour include Scotland’s John White, who was clocked striking the ball at a world-record 172mph at Canary Wharf three years ago.

As well as New York and London, possible future venues will include Boston (US), Sheffield, London and Jersey, while Jansher Khan (Pakistan), Ahmed Barada (Egypt) and Peter Marshall (England) are some of the big names who are aiming to come out of retirement to dust off their rackets and feature.

One of the most outstanding victories of Nicol’s career occurred when he beat Egyptian ace Barada in the final of the 1999 World Open on the glass court set up in front of the Great Pyramids outside Cairo.

There is no doubt that the Legends are still ultra competitive and their desire to win is undiminished, however, the Legends of Squash Tour will also be a relaxed and enjoyable environment for squash fans to watch and meet the past champions.

Last week Nicol warmed up for his return to the glass court by beating the double-handed Marshall in an English Premier League match when Surrey Health and Rackets beat Bristol 5-0. Parke was also in action for Nottingham, beating Pontefract stalwart Beachill.

Tickets are selling steadily for the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic and organisers are delighted to report a total sell-out on finals night, with fans obviously looking forward to seeing Nicol and Parke rolling back the years before the tournament’s finale.

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